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Colonels, Lady Colonels close out Chick-Fil-A Classic with wins

The Cass girls and boys basketball teams won their consolation bracket games Friday afternoon at Riverbend Park in Dalton as both finished up their participation in the Chick-Fil-A Classic.


The Lady Colonels finished 2-1 in the event with a 64-53 win over Coahuila Creek. The Colonels got their only win of the three-game set with a 71-54 victory over Johnson-Gainesville.

CASS GIRLS 64, COAHULLA CREEK 53


Kiana McDaniel scored 18 points, grabbed seven rebounds, and dished out six assists Friday afternoon as the Lady Colonels beat Coahuila Creek 64-53 in the consolation finals of the Chick-Fil-A Classic at Riverbend Park in Dalton.


Cass held narrow leads of 15-11, 27-25, and 43-39 at the ends of the first three quarters. The Lady Colonels then drained four three-pointers and made 5-of-8 free throws down the stretch to seal the victory.


Olivia Woods followed McDaniel with 17 points. Mikaela Jackson had seven points and eight rebounds. Darianna Sosa and Nevaeh Woods scored six each. Reese Howard finished with five points. Cadie Paez and KK Evans added three and two points, respectively.


Shea Poe led the Colts (7-5) with a game-high 26 points.


Cass (11-2) plays at Dunwoody Tuesday night at 6 p.m.


CASS BOYS 71, JOHNSON-GAINESVILLE 54


Isaiah Ford

The Colonels defense clamped down in the third quarter Friday afternoon and salvaged their final game at the Chick-Fil-A Classic in Dalton by beating winless Johnson-Gainesville, 71-54.


The Knights outscored the Colonels 17-10 in the second quarter to take a 30-28 lead to the intermission locker room but Cass responded with a strong defensive third quarter to garner control.


“We stepped up our defensive intensity after halftime and it showed,” said Cass coach Kevin Cunningham. “Our defense led to offense and when we do that the game seems easier. We had a really bad second quarter, but got it together in the second half and played well. Happy to end the tournament with a win.”


Kevin Henderson came off the Colonels’ bench to lead Cass with 14 points. KJ Rogers followed with 11. Isaiah Ford scored nine points. Jakai Baldwin and Devin Henderson finished with eight apiece. Jelani Hames and Jayden Foster chipped in with six each. Sacovie White contributed four points. Jason Brown-Harmon and DJ Sams rounded out the Colonels’ scoring with three and two points, respectively.


Jaiden Riley led the Knights with 18 points. Andre Hernandez added 17 for Johnson-Gainesville (0-11).


Cass (6-7) is off until they host Calhoun on Tuesday, January 10 in their Region 7-5A opener.

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